Dizzy up the party – Local arts collection shows off local talent Friday

Young artists, musicians and comedians are coming together tonight to show Baton Rouge what they think the city is missing.

Dizzy Records, a local music and arts collective, will host a Dizzy Arts Party at 8 p.m. at The Library at Northgate (136 W. Chimes St.). Cover is $5 for ages 21 and older, $7 for ages 18-20.

The show will feature music from Josh Riley, Slomile Swift, Ganz Feld, KluSlim & Whompus Cats, RobbingJane, Badguytraps and Moonsugar as well as comedy from Travis Edwards, Alan Singleton, Daniel Harrison Brooks and Tim Rouse. Art will also be on display from Kayla Decoteau, Gold, Jeffrey Livingston, David Losavio, Katie McGraw and Alexa Wolfkiel.

The party is the fourth of its kind for Dizzy Records, which painter Davy Goldsmith and electronic dance music producer/sound engineer Adam Carrillo started out of their house on Sharlo Avenue.

“We’re trying to get artists from all over to get together and help promote each other,” Goldsmith says. “We want to help each other draw a crowd.”

One such talent is 23-year-old comic Travis Edwards. About a year ago, he started doing standup routines based on his family and personal life. Edwards says comedy has become the forgotten art form in the city, and Dizzy Records’ parties are one way to expose locals to comedy and other art forms.

“It’s a huge celebration of the many different talents here in the art scene,” Edwards says. “There are a lot of talented people here. [Dizzy Records] is a grassroots movement to put everything out there and make it a party so other people can enjoy it.”